Ylang Ylang essential oil comes from the star-shaped flowers of the tropical Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) tree. The essential oil comes from a steam distillation process of the Ylang Ylang flower. Ylang Ylang (pronounced EE-lang EE-lang) is a popular ingredient in the perfume industry. It takes approximately 50 pounds of Ylang Ylang flowers to yield 1 pound of the essential oil.
In aromatherapy, Ylang Ylang can help lessen tension and stress and to promote a positive outlook.
Taken internally, Ylang Ylang provides antioxidant support for the body. External application of the oil helps promote the appearance of healthy skin and hair. Ylang Ylang is frequently found in luxurious hair and skin products for its scent as well as nourishing and protective properties.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil History
The Ylang Ylang plant is native to the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia. The original wild flowers had no fragrance. However, with selection and cloning, we have the unique fragrance of Ylang Ylang today.
In Indonesia, a wedding night tradition is to spread Ylang Ylang flowers on the bed of newlywed couples. In the Philippines, the flower is used to adorn religious images and women wear its flowers in a necklace
Ylang Ylang is an ingredient in the famous Chanel No. 5 perfume creation of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel and perfumer Ernest Beaux. In 1921, Chanel wanted a fragrance for “women that smells like a woman.” In addition to Ylang Ylang, the perfume’s distinctive aroma includes, jasmine and May rose. The name is because it was the fifth prototype Beaux presented to Chanel. Legend has it five was her lucky number which is why her collections made their debut on the fifth of the month.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Uses
Ylang Ylang has many positive emotional effects, some of which have been known for centuries. Inhaling the scent has a noticeably calming effect on individuals in distress, uplifts the spirit, and helps slow rapid breathing. Studies show Ylang Ylang essential oil can cause a significant decrease in blood pressure after applying to the skin. Another study looked at the sedative effect of Ylang Ylang in causing a decrease in heart rate.
The oil is popular in aromatherapy help ease feelings of self-doubt, frustration, and stress-related ailments. Ylang ylang essential oil is at once sedative, calming, euphoric and helps reduce blood pressure (hypotensive). It may help allay panic, induce tranquility, and promote relaxation.
In addition to its aromatherapy benefits, Ylang Ylang is a popular ingredient in hair preparations for because it helps promote thick, shiny, lustrous hair. The essential oil is also in many skin treatments because of its ability to soothe insect bites.
Some other uses of Ylang Ylang include:
- Refresh skin with an aromatherapy steam facial.
- Diffuse to lift your mood while experiencing a calming effect.
- Take internally for antioxidant support.
- Mix a few drops with Fractionated Coconut Oil (or other carrier oil) for a deep hair conditioner.
- Apply a few drops to the back of the neck for a calming, uplifting effect.
- Blend several drops with Fractionated Coconut Oil (or other carrier oil) and massage into the back and shoulders to help reduce the effects of daily stress.
- Place a drop on wrists to use as a sweet, floral perfume.
- Add a few drops to an Epsom Salt bath for relaxation.
Directions for Use
You can diffuse Ylang Ylang essential oil, rub it on your skin and take it internally.
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internal: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid. You can also place two drops in a Veggie Capsule and take with water.
- Topically: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. You may want to dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil or other natural oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
As with all essential oils, please be aware of possible skin sensitivity. Keep Ylang Ylang essential oil out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician before using Ylang Ylang oil.